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Five Oregon state universities sign agreements to boost collaboration in research and innovation


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: February 19th, 2020

Five public universities in Oregon have signed a trio of new agreements aimed at advancing research, promoting collaboration, and boosting state funding for research and development.

The agreements are intended to help researchers at the University of Oregon (UO), Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Oregon State University (OSU), Portland State University (PSU) and the Oregon Institute of Technology (OIT) work more closely together by reducing hurdles for cooperation while also leveraging each other’s strengths.

“When it comes to research and innovation, we all agree we are stronger when we collaborate and speak with one voice about the value of research universities to the state of Oregon,” says David Conover, vice president for research and innovation at UO. “These initiatives will allow us to build on our collective strengths and pave the way for new discoveries and innovations that will benefit Oregonians and help fuel our state’s economy.”

Through one of the initiatives, researchers will now have greater access to facilities and equipment at the partner institutions, and at a lower cost.

“This is a big deal because it’s difficult for any single institution to have every piece of equipment our faculty and students might want to use,” says Fred Sabb, assistant vice president for research facilities at UO. “This [agreement] allows our faculty to have easier access to services and equipment that exist elsewhere in the state. It reduces the barriers, makes it cheaper, gives them more opportunities and enhances collaborations.”

The agreements also provide a unified understanding of shared intellectual property for a technology developed by a researcher who may be employed by more than one university, or by scientists collaborating among the universities. This is to address concerns about intellectual property ownership battles and competition overriding research collaboration.

“Oregon is a small state,” says Peter Barr-Gillespie, executive vice president and chief research officer at OHSU. “We believe the collaborative model will work better to generate new discoveries and products, because it enables our scientists to draw on the combined strengths of all of our institutions.”

Source: Around the O

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